Arsenal: Arteta pleased despite defeat to Aston Villa
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could have extra transfer funds in the near future after a decision by the club’s board. The Gunners need an attacking midfielder and could look to sign Martin Odegaard permanently if he impresses during his loan from Real Madrid.
Arteta also needs to add more strength in depth to his squad, with the Gunners still languishing in 10th place in the Premier League following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
Arsenal have already freed up funds ahead of the summer transfer window by clearing out surplus players including Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkrodan Mustafi.
Other players such as Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac have gone out on loan and could end up leaving the club.
And the Gunners’ money men have also been busy behind the scenes with a move that could bring in extra cash for Arteta
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Arsenal recently became the first club to join the UN’s Sports Climate Action Framework – a commitment to move towards being a zero-carbon club.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton have all since followed the Gunners’ example by signing up to the pact – while Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has also been vocal in promoting green issues.
And football finance expert Kieran Maguire reckons the move will bring in extra sponsorship cash – which should translate to a bigger transfer kitty for manager Arteta.
“There are incentives on a variety of levels,” he told Football Insider.
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“First of all, from the sponsorship point of view, if you’re trying to attract sponsors who are familiar and supportive of greener projects and more environmentally friendly institutions, that’s a tick in your box. You’re more likely to get that deal over the line.
“If two teams are competing for a commercial deal and one of them has got a green tick in terms of climate change and the other one hasn’t, you’re more likely to get it.
“Secondly, from a corporate governance point of view, Arsenal do see themselves as progressive.
“A significant portion of their fanbase, particularly given the gentrification of football fans in general, will be sympathetic to these kinds of ideals provided it can be done at a relatively low cost.
“When I looked at the Brighton annual report, there was a whole page on green initiatives. That shows you the direction we’re headed.”
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In 2018, Arsenal became the first club in the Premier League to switch to 100% renewable energy, and have planted nearly 30,000 trees around the clubs training ground since 1999.
In June last year, Bellerin vowed to plant 3,000 trees for every game the Gunners win.
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